Idit Klein

President & CEO

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ldit is a national leader for social justice with more than 25 years of experience in the non­profit sector. Since 2001, she has served as the leader of Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. ldit built Keshet from a local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to a national organization with an annual budget of over $4 million. Under her leadership, Keshet has supported tens of thousands of rabbis, educators, and other Jewish leaders to make LGBTQ equality a communal value and imperative. ldit also spearheaded the creation of leadership development programs for queer Jewish teens and mobilized Jewish communities to help defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and advance transgender rights in Massachusetts. In addition, she served as the Executive Producer of Keshet’s documentary film, “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.”

Prior to leading Keshet, ldit worked in Jerusalem for Israeli-Palestinian peace and helped envision the Jerusalem Open House as a leader in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, ldit earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education. She serves on the advisory board of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition and the leadership team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable to strengthen the national Jewish social justice movement. ldit was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a Women Who Dared award as well as by Jewish Women International with a Women to Watch award, and selected for the Forward 50, a list of American Jews who have made enduring contributions to public life. She lives in Boston with her family.

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Amram Altzman

Associate Director of Youth Programs

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Amram believes centering the voices and experiences of youth from historically marginalized youth will help lead the way to collective liberation. He’s grateful to do that every day at Keshet, where he works to support and empower LGBTQ+ youth and young adults all over the country through Keshet’s Shabbatonim and online programming. He is a veteran of Keshet’s youth programming and was a participant in Keshet’s first-ever Teen Shabbaton.

Prior to Keshet, Amram was a member of the community education team at Brandeis Precollege Programs and was a contributing writer for New Voices Magazine. He earned his bachelor’s degrees in Jewish history and Sociology from the joint undergraduate program between the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute in Chicago.

An award-winning Jewish educator, Amram brings a passion for justice, experiential education, Torah, and community organizing to his work with LGBTQ+ Jewish teens and young adults all over North America. A New York City native, Amram lives in upper Manhattan with his husband Jamie, and their two cats, Perle and Herschel. He lives his life with an unironic, unwavering love of cats, kale, coffee, and pop music.

Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael

Director of Education and Training

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Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael serves as Keshet’s Director of Education and Training. Before Keshet, Micah had the position of  Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy with the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of St. Louis, where they provided personalized support, connection, and meaningful programming for individuals throughout the St. Louis community. His work took him to hospitals, nursing care facilities, private residences, and many unexpected places!

Micah has a BA in Jewish, Islamic, and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA in Talmud and Rabbinic Literature and Rabbinic Ordination from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Throughout his career, Micah has advocated and educated for LGBTQ justice, leading trainings and consultations within his local community and the broader Jewish community nationwide. He is the founder of the Builders Beit Midrash, a traditional learning community in St Louis that centers the voices of LGBTQ learners. He has been a SVARA Transformative Talmud Teaching Fellow (2018-2019) and continues to enjoy learning and teaching at every opportunity.

In their free time, Micah is most likely cooking or baking. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Aviva, four children, and assorted pets.

Jon Cohen

Director of Community Mobilization

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Jon is a national community builder with a commitment to LGBTQ+ rights. His work organizing diverse communities through an intersectional Jewish lens is inspired by the wisdom and experiences he has gained as a Gay, Mexican, Jew. As Keshet’s Director of Community Mobilization, Jon has mobilized Jewish institutions in all 50 states to fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Jon has been fortunate to participate in a number of fellowships—Uri L’Tzedek Torah In Action, Bend The Arc Selah Leadership Program, Joyous Justice Ko’ach Fellowship, Jewtina y Co. PUENTES Leadership and Resiliency—which have been instrumental to his professional development.

After graduating from Florida State University, Jon applied his passions for the Jewish community and service as a Repair the World Fellow in Brooklyn, where he engaged young professionals in hands-on service and Jewish learning. Following the Fellowship, Jon served as the Interim Director of the Jewish Volunteer Center at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, implementing community-wide service events and organizing a young professional volunteer movement. He then returned to Repair the World where he launched Repair the World Miami. As the Program Manager, Jon spearheaded new initiatives and partnerships on both local and national levels to solidify the organization’s presence to become its sixth Fellowship site in the country.

A South Florida native, Jon currently lives in Miami with his fiance Kevin. Outside of work, Jon can be found riding on his Peloton with Team #Kesheton, relaxing at the beach, reading queer fiction novels, and using online menus to plan the meal before getting to the restaurant.

Lanie Cohen

Community Mobilization Manager

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Lanie is a strategic thinker, experienced advocate, and feminist killjoy who lives life with a deep commitment to tikkun olam. She brings her passion for community-building and intersectional analysis to her role as Community Mobilization Manager. Lanie believes that having hope for a better world is a revolutionary act in the greater fight for social justice, which attracted her to be involved in the essential work done at Keshet.

Lanie is from Chicagoland (Highland Park) and attended the University of Denver where she earned her degrees in Gender and Women’s Studies and Strategic Communications with a minor in Intercultural Global Studies. In college, she facilitated trainings on gender violence prevention and most recently worked for the Colorado House Majority Leader to move progressive policy through the state legislature, such as the Reproductive Health Equity Act.

Lanie lives in Denver and spends their free time walking and biking along the Platte River, saying positive affirmations to her plant babies, and strategizing how she will travel the entire globe in this lifetime.

Zane Diamond

Executive Assistant

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Zane brings a passion for Jewish life and LGBTQ+ equality and a penchant for logistics to the role of Keshet’s Executive Assistant. Zane’s love for Judaism, LGBTQ community, and the confluence of the two can be traced back to Zane’s experience participating in Keshet’s Shabbatonim for LGBTQ and ally Jewish teens in high school.

Zane received a degree in Jewish Studies from Vassar College while working at Vassar’s LGBTQ+ Center and serving on the Board of the Vassar Jewish Union. While at Vassar, Zane participated in advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights on campus by leading trainings, teaching sex education, and helping draft school policies that allowed students to receive trans-affirming care on campus and change their names in the system without a legal name change. Zane also participated in and facilitated interfaith work with Vassar’s Office of Religion and Spiritual Life and Contemplative Practices.

Zane currently lives in Boston with their roommates and two cats, Figaro and Rascal Flats. Zane spends free time cooking, singing, talking about public transit, jamming with whichever instruments are on-hand, getting excited about local produce, preparing for rabbinical school, and trying to figure out how to throw COVID-safe theme parties.

Suzanne Feinspan

Deputy CEO

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Suzanne brings her background in coaching, facilitation, advocacy, and Jewish communal life to her job as Keshet’s Deputy CEO.

Prior to joining Keshet, Suzanne worked with Avodah, running their DC Service corps, and in various national programmatic and management roles, including Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director. She also worked as an independent consultant focusing on equity and inclusion training, assessment and organizational change work, as well as coaching and strategic planning

Suzanne received a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in Jewish Studies from University of Maryland-College Park, and a Graduate Certificate in Facilitation from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She has also received an Associate Level Coaching Certification from the International Coaching Federation. Suzanne was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship.

Outside of work, Suzanne spends time working on advocacy and education in her local public schools and serving twice exceptional kids (kids who are both gifted and have a learning disability). She also is involved with equity and inclusion efforts, especially around racial and gender identity, at her local shul. Suzanne lives in Maryland with her partner, two kids, and two cats.

 

Sarah Gill

Director of Data Solutions and Salesforce Administrator

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Sarah has been a Jewish Educator, Public School Teacher, Environmental Educator, Outreach Director, and now, for more than a decade, Salesforce Administrator for nonprofits.  After these many years helping folks understand and be less overwhelmed-by their data and systems, but then leaving them after a year or so, she is thrilled to be putting down some job roots in an organization where she can be fully committed in all ways.

Sarah was a kid in Southern California and spent her summers at beautiful Camp Alonim, where she developed her life-long love of Israeli Folk Dancing, which she taught for many years.  She is a UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug and has a Master’s in Education from Mills College in Oakland, CA which was home for more than 23 years (along with San Francisco and Berkeley).

She moved to Vancouver, WA, in 2021 and enjoys the downpours in her new garden (aka is learning to love mud). She spends time doing house projects, DIYing, reading fiction, building funky garden beds out of junk, and searching for good stand-up comedy online.

Sarah is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and is a passionate advocate for children in foster care.

She lives with 3 cats and her dog Ginger, who will be joining her on all future Zoom calls.

Sawyer Goldsmith

Youth Programs Associate

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Sawyer is a queer and trans, neurodivergent. Jew with a passion for all things queer and Jewish, and anything in between. Being involved with Keshet since 2017, Sawyer is thrilled to join the staff as the Youth Programs Associate. Since being a teen leader for Keshet’s Shabbatonim themself, Sawyer is proud to now spearhead the Shabbatonim and their leadership.

Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs, Sawyer now identifies as a full-time New Yorker. In addition to their work at Keshet, Sawyer is a Jewish Studies student at Hunter College. When not at work or school, Sawyer, 98% of the time, will be with their dog Trixie and will show you pictures of her, even if you didn’t request them.

Jon Grabelle Herrmann

Chief Development Officer

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Jon welcomes you to make a donation to Keshet. He has been a fundraiser, nonprofit executive, and repeat entrepreneur for over 20 years. In past roles at Volunteers of Legal Service, USA250, Pre-K for PA, J Street, and as the founder of Campus Philly, Jon has raised over $25M from individual donor, foundation, corporate, and government sources.

Jon is an ally with a personal stake in Keshet’s success and our work for LGBTQ equality. He is a proud parent of two openly queer kids. He is also a rebbetzin and partner to his wife, Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann, who leads SAJ-Judaism That Stands For All, a participant in Keshet’s synagogue training program.

Jon earned his B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Having been born and raised in North Jersey and later living most of his adult life in Philadelphia prior to moving to New York City in 2015, Jon maintains a complicated system of dual loyalties to various New York and Philadelphia sports teams. And he believes that our liberation is bound up in the liberation of all people.

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